If you grew up with a pet dog, there’s a good chance that you have fond memories of exploring woods together or playing in the backyard or snuggling on the couch, watching TV. We develop relationships with our pets that are just as deep and meaningful as those with other people.
But pets don’t just make great companions for your children. They also teach the importance of caring for others, how to be responsible, and the value of working together. A dog will provide your child with an unparalleled, practical education as well as other benefits.
However, not all dogs are created equal. And just because your son or daughter watched 101 Dalmatians last weekend does not mean that you should immediately go out and buy a dalmatian. When looking for a kid-friendly dog, you should consider a couple of things.
Temperament. Dogs are like people. They come in many different shapes and sizes. And depending on the kind of dog, they also can have very different attitudes and temperaments. Some dogs are anxious, always yapping and running to and for. Others are calm and relaxed, seemingly unbothered by anything. When looking for a kid-friendly dog, you’ll likely want one that’s somewhere in the middle – energetic enough to give your kids a workout but not so high-strung that he drives you (and everyone else) crazy.
Long-Term and Short-Term Care. Different dogs require different levels of long-term and short-term care. For example, long-haired dogs will require regular trips to a dog groomer – adding an expense that can easily add up. And certain breeds tend to have more health problems than others. You should be aware of these potential costs before you decide on a breed since they can radically change your final decision.
So, with these things in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 most kid-friendly dogs:
1. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are known for their intelligence, kindness, and loyalty. Perhaps that’s the reason they’re one of the best dogs for families.
They’re an even-keeled breed that can get along with pretty much anyone. And their high energy level means they’ll be a great companion for your children, keeping them busy with fetch and other games. Golden Retrievers are incredibly affectionate and loving, making them a breed that you’ll love to be around.
Since they tend to have longer hair, they require regular brushings and grooming. And they can live indoors or outdoors. But if you leave them outdoors, remember to play with them regularly. They thrive on relationships.
Collies likely conjure up images of Lassie. And though you can find a dog that’s very much like that, Collies come in several varieties – including Border Collies and Bearded Collies. These dogs are gentle, loveable dogs that are great with children and families.
With that said, it’s important to recognize the challenges that Collies bring to the table. Since they were raised to herd sheep, they may seek to herd your children. This is something you’ll want to break them from. And then there’s that beautiful, long hair. It will require a regular grooming regimen to ensure it stays looking its best year-round.
Beagles are a great dog breed for kids because they’re small enough to carry while being more mild-mannered than many of their peers. But that’s not to say that they’re lazy or lethargic. Beagles were bred as hunting dogs, after all. And they still love chasing after balls, discs, and kids. They’ll keep your children running from one end of the yard to the other.
Some children don’t want a dog that will run them ragged, they just want a tried-and-true companion who will always be there. If that describes your kid, then you can’t go wrong with a bulldog. These unique pets are lovable, loyal, and comfortable in large or small homes.
And since they have such short hair, they are fairly easy to care for – except for the drooling, snoring, and extra dental care. But honestly, that’s a small price to pay for such a faithful friend.
5. Labrador Retriever
Like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers are also known for their patient, playful, and loving temperament. They love to exercise – especially if you join them. And since they enjoy the great outdoors so much, it would be a good idea to have some wide-open spaces to roam in if you decide to get a Lab, whether black, chocolate, or yellow.